May 2014 Archive

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Victoria Austin Designs

I know I said that I was hermiting playing catch-up this week and might not be gracing you with my normal two posts, but I just couldn’t leave you high and dry! Plus, I’m so so very excited to announce a new component of the “FOR BRIDES” section of the blog that will now include periodical recommendations from yours truly to beautiful, stylish, and quality vendors in the wedding and event planning industry. I’m going to break this down knitty gritty style, because I know that some of you might even be asking, “Wait, what’s a vendor?” And if that’s you (no judgin’ here), I’ll explain that too.

Let’s start with the basics. When planning a wedding or soiree of any kind for guests, unless you are the bees knees (which you maybe are), you’ll probably need to hire a few professionals who specialize in pretty things to make your headaches a little less and your vision come to life. For these various needs, brides and hosts often hire vendors. Vendors for a wedding, for example, are those people you’ve hired to help make the day come to life–this includes reception venues, florists, wedding coordinators, photographers (heyy!), paper goods design, etc. Get the picture?

When it comes to hiring vendors, especially for brides, the task can be quite overwhelming. There are so many fabulous creative professionals out there, but if you don’t work in the industry, it can often feel like going to Home Depot for supplies to build a shelving unit when you have not a clue about carpentry. I should be so kind to recommend that you can ALWAYS ask your already decided on professionals for advice in this area. Not only am I just tickled pink when a bride asks for and trusts my advice about vendors, but also, I often know her style from our meetings and am able to point her in the direction of quality vendors in the industry that fit both her and my styles. You see where I’m going here?

Now, with that being said and without further ado, I’m so very happy to introduce my first recommended vendor. I had a little girls night with her recently and just instantly fell in love with her class, drive, and vision to give her clients only the most beautiful things. Why? Because beautiful things make us girls feel pretty, and we ALL deserve a little pretty in life. This girl is a mover and a shaker with a heart on fire for  all elements breathtakingly simple and elegant. Originally a California girl, she now resides in the South with her husband and sweet pup, I introduce to you Mrs. Victoria Austin of Victoria Austin Designs. Below are some of my favorites of her paper goods design work, but PLEASE hop right on over to her website and check out more of her breathtaking art. If you’re looking for some classy invitations, menus, calligraphy addressed envelopes, or anything that resonates the sound of clean and classy, I highly recommend inquiring with her.

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I should note that Victoria actually does more than just fabulous design of paper goods. In fact, she and a colleague collaborated to design this whole shoot as a part of another business that’s currently in the works for them–one I am also SO very excited to introduce to you in the future.

I should also note that these photographs were not taken by me, but by another fabulous photographer, Jennifer Pharr as well as a couple shown by Callie Pitts of Nancy Ray Photography. ThanksgivingShoot_8ThanksgivingShoot_31Drye_Drye_NancyRayPhotography_nrpcalliespvrstyledshoot1127_0_lowMcKinley_Wed8

Victoria,  her right hand gal Mary Kendall, and I have a few things up our sleeve in store for the future. So sit tight and you will undoubtedly see more of her work gracing this blog–hopefully even by some of my brides too! Happy, happy Thursday my pretties.

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Vacation Recoup and Sneak Peeks

Whew, if I’m being honest, we had such a fantastic time on vacation last week that it’s really taken digging deep to get back in work mode this week. I’ve been working like a little hermit to meet some deadlines this week, but neglecting my sweet little blog readers. To keep you in the loop on what I’ve been working on and ensure that my usual two plus blogs per week will resume next week, here’s a peek at Ashley & Jason’s perfectly intimate first moment together on their wedding day. They whispered sweet words, they exchanged a few sweet kisses, they soaked in the moment–all while still never seeing each other. These first moments my brides and grooms choose to have are just stealing my heart with the genuine emotion they let me in to capture.

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Ashley and Jason’s full wedding, along with some snippets from our trip will all be on the blog for you next week. Stay tuned, my little lovies!

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Caitlin + Mayson

No words. Well, ok that’s a lie. It’s me we’re talking about. But truly, my clients leave me in awe of the privilege I have to document such breathtaking stages of their lives. I wholeheartedly love all of my clients, this is so true. Nonetheless, the mommas and babies and the relationships between them that I’ve had the pleasure of so organically photographing lately just takes my breath away.

When the color palette and visions I have in my head, paired with the organic relationships of those I’m photographing come to life, they sometimes create the emotion I intended in the photograph so powerfully to me that I don’t even know what to do. Sometimes I even cry. Seriously. I know that sounds crazy, but I do. And it’s how I know that documenting life is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Caitlin is my beautiful next-door neighbor and mother of two. Mayson, pictured here, is her eldest little one and a new big sister to her most perfect little brother. This session was just for Caitlin and Mayson, though–to truly capture the essence of love between momma and daughter. Swoon away…

OUTFITS:

Caitlin – Free People

Mayson – Well Dressed Wolf

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Healthy Summer “Fettuccine” Recipe

This spaghetti squash fettuccine dish has been such a hit in our house as a healthy summer favorite, that I decided to share the recipe I whipped up with you guys! This particular version pictured had crawfish in it, but I personally prefer some big gulf shrimp in it. So, if you’re having a hankering for some moderately healthy comfort food that pairs perfectly with a crisp glass of chardonnay, I recommend giving this easy recipe a try! P.S., I apologize ahead of time for my lack of exact measurements. I could never actually write a cookbook, but I’ll give you estimates of everything I put in and trust that you can make it all your own!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Large Spaghetti Squash

1 TBSP Organic Coconut Oil

1 onion OR 1 cup frozen chopped “seasoning blend” (found in frozen section)

2 lbs Gulf Shrimp

1/2 block Cream Cheese (I use Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese)

2-4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt (depending on how creamy you want it)

1 Cup Fresh Organic Spinach

Seasonings: Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and a tiny dash of Lemon Pepper

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You’re going to cook the spaghetti squash as per the directions, then add it to the fettuccine sauce, just like you would if you were making a pasta dish. There are several ways you can cook spaghetti squash; I personally always choose the oven. Something about cooking a giant squash in the microwave just kind of creeps me out. But hey, if that jives for you, go for it!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH: Cut in half (hotdog style), remove the seeds, and place both halves face down on a baking sheet. Bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes. At 45 minutes, if you can squeeze the squash on the outside and it molds with your squeezing, then it’s ready to come out! If it’s not for some reason, which sometimes happens to me with the smaller ones (weird!), then I keep cooking at 10 minute intervals until I can squeeze it.

Put coconut oil and seasoning blend in pot and cook down on medium heat until onions are clear. Add in shrimp and seasonings until shrimp are cooked pink. Chop spinach leaves (if desired) and add them along with the cream cheese. At this point, I usually scoop the spaghetti squash into the pot and mix everything together. Once the cream cheese is melted and thoroughly mixed, I scoop in some greek yogurt to my desired level of creaminess and add any more seasonings according to my taste testing. A little greek yogurt goes a long way, so I advise adding only a tablespoon at a time until it’s to your desired level of creamy. (:

Sorry again for my informal recipe measurements, but I hope you have the guts to wing it. I have faith in you! Just pour a glass of Kendall Jackson Avant Chardonnay (my fave for summer) and cook away!

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Matherne Family

Warm light, soft tones, and the most attentive eleven month old — color me a happy girl. Oh, and Miss Kerri decided she wanted the sweetest little gold headband for a few — how could I say no? Ok, actually it was her photographer mommy who wanted that, but oiy me! She’s such a dainty little angel. This session screams soft and Spring, and I couldn’t be happier with the sweet love captured between Matt, Theresa, and their first baby girl, Miss Kerrington.
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 Theresa and Matt, thank you for choosing me to document the sweet beginnings of the love between your little family. I hope it’s a treasured heirloom for years to come.SIGNATURE